Candied Bacon

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You absolutely must try Candied Bacon.  It’s bacon that is caramelized and crispy and sweet.  And it’s my newest obsession.  Watch the video showing you how to make Candied Bacon, then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the full recipe to make at home.

Candied Bacon with Orange Juice

What I’m about to share with you today is so incredible that I’m just going to go ahead and apologize in advance for the massive cravings that might ensue after reading this post.  I made this bacon as a snack, you see… an after-school snack.  My son had asked me if I could whip up a little something for him to nibble on while tackling his math homework, and I brought him this Candied Bacon.

He looked at me all wide eyed and surprised, took a bite, and then he delivered a very enthusiastic, “THANK YOU!”  I understood his enthusiasm.  I had already sampled my slice of bacon, and I was definitely wishing I’d made more!  This stuff is good.  SOOOOO good.  Really good.  Like, you’ll be craving-it-in-your-sleep good!

Ingredients needed for Candied Bacon

How do you make Candied Bacon?

It’s super easy to make candied bacon, actually.  You’ll need just three ingredients-  bacon, brown sugar and cinnamon.  That’s it.

Making candied bacon

Mix the sugar and cinnamon, then coat the bacon slices generously with it.  Since all of the sugar does not end up sticking to the bacon, you’ll end up with about half of it left over that you can just toss.  But you do need to make more than needed so you have a proper amount in the bowl to slather it onto the bacon.

Candied Bacon on a rack ready for the oven

You’ll be baking this bacon, so place it on a rack that has been set on a foil- lined, rimmed pan.  I like to poke the bacon down through the rack in a few places so it gets that wavy look when it’s done.

candied bacon just out of the oven

And then let the oven do its magic.  The bacon gets all caramelized and candied and wonderful.  And it only takes about 15 minutes.

Candied Bacon ready to serve

What can you use Candied Bacon for?

If you can manage to get the bacon to a plate without eating it all first, you can serve it up for breakfast.  But I’m envisioning much more than breakfast for this bacon!  I see it in chocolate chip cookies.  I see it sprinkled on top of maple cupcakes.  I see it in my dinner salad.  And I see it crunched into pancakes too.  Are you craving it with me now?

platter of Candied Bacon

If you have a package of bacon sitting in your refrigerator right now, give it a boost and make candied bacon instead.  And because you make it in the oven, there is very little clean up involved too!

Lovers of bacon might also enjoy Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots or Bacon Cheeseburger SoupHot Bacon Vinaigrette Dressing is a great idea too.  Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon is my favorite!

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Candied Bacon

This super simple recipe transports bacon to a new level!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 47kcal
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12 slices center cut bacon (don't use extra thick bacon)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a rack on top (like a cookie cooling rack). Spray the rack with nonstick spray.
  • Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Dip bacon slices in the cinnamon-sugar, coating both sides, and place the coated bacon strips on the rack. I like to poke the bacon into the grooves of the rack in a few places so your bacon will come out looking a little wavy.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon appears to be caramelized and somewhat crispy. Watch closely after 15 minutes since the sugar can begin to burn when left in too long. Serve immediately.

Video

Notes

  • *Note that nutritional information was figured using just 1/4 cup brown sugar since only about 1/2 of the sugar in the recipe will actually stick to the bacon.
  • *If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use a brand of bacon that is known to be GF.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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  • Stephanie Manley wrote:

    Who could resist this?

  • Erin wrote:

    We love pretty much everything about this!

  • Heather wrote:

    Cravings is absolutely right. Once you make this you will crave it again and again! So delicious!

  • Jennifer Farley wrote:

    I’m in love with this recipe! Mmm!

  • Joanne wrote:

    So easy to make and such a treat to eat!

  • Rebecca wrote:

    I would LOVE this on a salad!!

  • Melissa wrote:

    If I’m giving this for a gift for my son, how best can I package/store this? info or ideas please. Thank you

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Gosh, I’m not really sure! It’s best eaten within a couple of days.

  • Ann wrote:

    I am a private chef, culinary teacher, and restaurant critic and I used this recipe in my banana maple bacon cupcakes. I also topped the cupcakes with a cream cheese icing that I added in this bacon. It was to DIE for! NOTE: I used freshly ground Saigon Cinnamon, it just makes the taste “pop.”

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      sounds great- thank you for sharing your success!

  • Willie Wynn wrote:

    I tried this today and I must say that this is the best bacon I ever tasted. I adjusted it slightly for three strips of bacon and it turned out perfectly. I’ll definitely be making this agin.

  • Darrel Leschert wrote:

    I didn’t Know Bacon Had gluten in it .nice to know

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Some does and some does not. Best to check with the brand.

  • Wendy wrote:

    Brown sugar & cocoa!!!

  • Terri Burfield wrote:

    This looks so good, I pinned it for later and couldn’t decide what board to put it under…candy or desserts…haha.

  • Jennifer wrote:

    I just made this recipe and it tasted so amazing!!! I’m so glad I tried it! I did find that a 1/2 cup brown sugar wasn’t enough to coat all 12 bacon slices, so I made an additional 1/2 cup. I also had to bake mine for about 25 minutes to get a decent level of crispiness (but even then the slices weren’t that crispy). But with all that sugar on the slices I don’t think it’s possible to get it very crispy without burning the bacon/ sugar. Either way, awesome dish that I will definitely make again!!! : )

  • Gonzo wrote:

    This is just the recipe I was looking for to make Bacon maple ice cream!

  • Lisa wrote:

    Evil…just pure evil…the way it is looking at me…enticing me…

  • Leona wrote:

    Oh my goodness!!! I made this to top cupcakes for my Dad’s birthday and I thought I could handle it…I now have a burnt tongue and fingers because I couldn’t wait till it cooled!! Soooo delicious! Perfect balance of salty & sweet! I can’t say YUM enough!

  • Kimberly wrote:

    I think this will be the perfect garnish for the bourbon brown sugar cupcakes I plan on making this weekend. I’m pretty sure that I will have to make this when my husband isn’t around or there won’t be any left to put on the cupcakes.

  • Shannah @ Just Us Four wrote:

    I make something similar to this using cayenne pepper and turkey bacon. I have to make 2 lbs at a time because it goes so fast.

  • Row wrote:

    Ooh, this recipe is dangerous, for I have a full pack of bacon in the freezer. *rubs hands gleefully*

  • Kelly wrote:

    I cringe evertime I see a newly added “bacon item” to various menus. Everyone is coming up with some gnarly bacon concoction and yet I found myself drawn to this one! I WILL be making this for my family and will post the reviews after. Thanks for a very delicious looking menu item!!